December 2022 update: While this kit is no longer made, you can still get the Bruno the Bear crochet pattern for free here. Rico creative cotton aran is available from LoveCrafts & other yarn stores in a whole rainbow of shades, or you could use any other yarn instead.
DK or light worsted yarn works best, because Rico creative cotton aran is quite light and crochets like DK to me. But you could use true aran yarn with a 4-4.5mm hook instead. Crocheting a multicolor teddy bear also makes a great stashbusting project to use up yarn scraps.
When I made the Rico Bruno the Bear Crochet pattern, the kit instructions were a bit sparse, so I followed a more detailed version from a magazine instead.
I found Needle Noodles’ jogless crochet stripes in the round technique invaluable for making the changeover between stripes barely noticeable. Here’s the video tutorial:
I wish patterns for striped projects in the round would include tips like this – it makes such a difference to the end result. Unfortunately, I only came across this technique after I had made the body of the bear (the largest part!) but I was able to hide the colour changes fairly well under one of Bruno’s arms.
I had a spot of bother with one of the legs, and that’s when I realised that the kit pattern and the magazine pattern were slightly different in places. But I think my bear turned out OK in the end.
The Bruno the bear crochet pattern was part of Rico’s Patchwork Family kits which were all sadly discontinued. But you can still get both the Bruno the Bear and Ted the Dachsund crochet pattern for free online if you would like to crochet some cute multicolor animals.